Pregame notes: Canada v England – FIFA Women’s World Cup Quarterfinal

Photo by Canada Soccer / Andrew Shaw

Photo by Canada Soccer / Jay Shaw

Match details:
June 27, 2015
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Vancouver, BC Place

Broadcast details:
16.30 local

Canada roster:

GK- Stephanie Labbé | unattached / sans club
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
D- Robyn Gayle | unattached / sans club
D- Carmelina Moscato | unattached / sans club
D- Marie-Eve Nault | unattached / sans club
D- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / Houston Dash
D- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Portland Thorns FC
D- Emily Zurrer | unattached / sans club
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
M- Selenia Iacchelli | unattached / sans club
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Portland Thorns FC
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County Ladies
M- Sophie Schmidt | unattached / sans club
F- Josée Bélanger | unattached / sans club
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Melissa Tancredi | USA / Chicago Red Stars

England roster:

GK- Karen BARDSLEY – (Manchester City WFC, ENG)
DF- Alex SCOTT – (Arsenal LFC, ENG)
DF- Claire RAFFERTY – (Chelsea LFC, ENG)
MF- Fara WILLIAMS – (Liverpool LFC, ENG)
DF- Steph HOUGHTON – (Manchester City WFC, ENG)
DF- Laura BASSETT – (Notts County LFC, ENG)
MF- Jordan NOBBS – (Arsenal LFC, ENG)
MF- Jill SCOTT – (Manchester City WFC, ENG)
FW- Eniola ALUKO – (Chelsea LFC, ENG)
MF- Karen CARNEY – (Birmingham City LFC, ENG)
MF- Jade MOORE – (Birmingham City LFC, ENG)
DF- Lucy BRONZE – (Manchester City WFC, ENG)
GK- Siobhan CHAMBERLAIN – (Arsenal LFC, ENG)
DF- Alex GREENWOOD – (Notts County LFC, ENG)
DF- Casey STONEY – (Arsenal LFC, ENG)
MF- Katie CHAPMAN – (Chelsea LFC, ENG)
MF- Jo POTTER – (Birmingham City LFC, ENG)
FW- Toni DUGGAN – (Manchester City WFC, ENG)
FW- Jodie TAYLOR – (Portland Thorns FC, USA)
FW- Lianne SANDERSON – (Arsenal LFC, ENG)
GK- Carly TELFORD – (Notts County LFC, ENG)
FW- Fran KIRBY – (Reading FCW, ENG)
FW- Ellen WHITE – (Notts County LFC, ENG)

Photo by Canada Soccer / Jay Shaw

Photo by Canada Soccer / Jay Shaw


Canada’s overall record against England, which dates back to 1995, is 5W – 0D – 6L.

Their last meeting was just a month ago in Hamilton, where Canada won 1:0 after a stunning strike by Sophie Schmidt. The victory ended a four-match losing streak against the Lionesses for the Canadians.

Canada won Group A with five points. They defeated China 1:0 in their opener, while earning draws versus New Zealand (0:0) and the Netherlands (1:0) to make the Round of 16, where they beat Switzerland (1:0).

England finished second in Group F with six points. While they ended up with the same number of points, France finished first due to goal differential. England defeated Norway 2:1 in the Round of 16 to secure their spot in the quarterfinal.

Canada’s goal scorers at the tournament thus far are Christine Sinclair, Ashley Lawrence and Josee Belanger.

Keep your eye on Christine Sinclair. She’s four away from tying Mia Hamm for second most international goals at 158.


Canadian head coach John Herdman on facing England:

“England are a very good team and I know my team loves rising to those sort of challenges. It’s going to be great.”

“It’s almost like you can see the summit, you can actually see it now. And the players have got an absolute focus that it’s not falling off the cliff any more, if you know what I’m saying. You’re not looking to fall off the cliff. It’s about there it is, we’ve got to get there and you’ve got to push through that and do anything it takes to do it.”

“We’re very comfortable with where the group is and I think you’ll see that passion and energy from everyone on the weekend.”

England head coach Mark Sampson on facing Canada:

“Since we’ve been in Vancouver, we’ve felt a huge sense of anticipation around this Canadian team. The nation is willing them to do well, to keep progressing, and we know that we’re going to face not only a big crowd but also a whole nation behind their team.”

“We’re all up for that fight, though. You look at the players we’ve got and none of them will shy away from confrontation. But let’s not get away from the fact that aggression is part of the game. This England team has it, and we’ll make sure that physically we’re ready for a huge, huge challenge.”

About the author:
Sandra Prusina is a journalist and broadcaster based out of Calgary, Canada. She has covered women’s soccer since 2010. She’s also a segment reporter for Olympic Broadcast Services, traveling to Vancouver, London and Sochi to work for the host broadcaster.



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